A Walk About SLS (09-07-2005)
ASUS had made waves previously for the A8N-SLi Deluxe, and now they had came
out with an improved model, the ASUS A8N-SLi Premium. Spotting some
impressive cooling on the northbridge, this board itself has totally no moving
parts to produce noise. On top of it, this board is said to have improved
overclocking capabilities, especially with 1T memory settings. Our in-house
Overclocking guru, Shamino uses this board, and had recently broken another
world record with this board. Take a look
at $ 315 and could be found at DAT, this is simply a fusion
of extreme performance and stability.
The board itself from top down.
A close up on the fanless heatsink that cools both the MOSFETs and the
northbridge via a thick heatpipe.
The Marvell Gigabit LAN controller, for 1 of the 2 Gigabit LAN ports.
The Silicon Sil3114 controller, that take charge of 4 SATA ports via the PCI
The other Gigabit LAN controller for the other Gigabit LAN port.
A Texas Instrument Firewire controller on the board.
The rear I/O ports, with a full range of connections.
The A8N-SLI Premium silk screen wordings, and also it’s revision number (Rev
1.02). Also, on the bottom right of the picture, those ICs actually take charge
of the digital switching of PCIe lanes between the 2 physical PCIe x16 slots. No
more card flipping, or loads of jumpers to meddle with.
Quality capacitors are found all over this board, like these pictured, high
quality Rubycon ones.
The trademark AI Proactive packaging for the A8N-SLI Premium.